# 8.8: Problem-Solving Strategies (reprise Make a Table; Look for a Pattern)

## Learning Objectives

At the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

- Read and understand given problem situations.
- Make tables and identify patterns.
- Solve real-world problems using selected strategies as part of a plan.

## Vocabulary

Terms introduced in this lesson:

- compound interest
- population decrease
- intensity (loudness) of sound

## Teaching Strategies and Tips

Remind students of the four-step problem-solving plan.

In Example 1, students must find the compound interest formula on their own by looking for a pattern. Guide them through the first two years until the pattern becomes evident.

Have students check their answers to the examples presented in this lesson by finding , the growth or decay rate, instead of looking for a pattern. Have them compute . The method was presented in Examples 6 and 7 in lesson *Exponential Growth Functions.*

Encourage students to construct tables and look for patterns in *Review Questions* 1-4. Suggest that they only check their work using explicit formulas.

## Error Troubleshooting

In *Review Questions* 1-4, remind students to convert the percents to decimals.